Since 2003, Terrafirma, EPOM and the shallow geohazards and risks team at BGS have played a major role in the European Space Agency's Terrafirma project, one of ten projects being supported by ESA's Copernicus (previously known as GMES) Service Element Program. Terrafirma aims to provide a pan-European ground motion hazard information service based on InSAR techniques in EU member states, and supports civil protection agencies, disaster management organisations and coastal, rail and motorway authorities in the process of risk assessment and mitigation.

BGS has been involved in the identification, assessment, understanding and monitoring of ground motions in the UK for basic, interpreted and modelled terrain motion products in Stoke-On-Trent, Bristol and Bath and London respectively (Terrafirma Atlas, flood risk case study brochure, mining case brochure), and chairing of the Terrafirma Product Validation Group. More recently, during the third stage of the project, BGS has focussed on the hydrogeology thematic line for terrain motion analysis in areas of abandoned and inactive mines in the Northumberland and Durham region, in co-operation with the Coal Authority (inactive mines case study brochure).

Started in 2013, the recent Terrafirma Legacy project also involves BGS and the EPOM team, who are leading and defining the specifications for the harmonisation of Terrafirma Stage 1-2-3 PSI results, their hosting online and their integration into the OneGeology-Europe portal to make these available to the public via an INSPIRE compliant service.


Contact Colm Jordan for more information.